Monday, July 28th, 2014 - 2:17 PM

Pep City crowned champions

IMG_8261The finalists: Pep City and Pep City FC

Futsal: Two sister teams, Pep City and Pep City FC competed in the finals of futsal recovery cup, season two, organised by Nazhoen Pelri Drop in Centre that began since July 1. In a closely contested match, Pep City defeated Pep City FC, 6-4 at Changlimithang ground on July 11. Pep City grabbed a 2-1 lead in the first 15 minutes and held onto the lead till the end of the first half. However, just two minutes into the second half, Pep City FC equalised. [... Read More]

Tourism continues to be exempt from vehicle import taxes

The finance minister says that the sector is to benefit from the same incentives as before Expo 2010: Despite the revised taxes on import of vehicles, the tourism sector will continue to be exempted from customs duty and sales tax on tourist vehicles, in line with the economic development policy (EDP) 2010. The finance minister, Namgay Dorji, said the tourism sector would enjoy the same tax incentives on import of vehicles like they did before. “The government hasn’t changed anything,” lyonpo said. Under EDP, tour [... Read More]

From community mapping to positive change

DSC_6729Ice breaker: Participants sing and dance to a nursery rhyme

30 participants (students and teachers) participated in a ten-day media nomad workshop BCMD: Taking action to bring about change, a group of media nomads took the initiative to put waste bins at different locations at Kuenselphodrang in Thimphu, where waste management was increasingly becoming an issue. The group constituted participants of the fourth media nomad: community mapping workshop organised by the Bhutan centre for media and democracy (BCMD). Presenting their work at the closing ceremony yesterday a teacher trainee of Samtse college of education and [... Read More]

Farmers at wit’s ends in fight against wildlife

school-children-to-guard-the-fields-during-summer-breakChildren guarding fields during summer break

Desperate after years of depredation, Dopang looks to govt. for electric fencing  Agriculture: It’s time for corn kernels to sprout in Dopang village, Mongar.  It’s also time for farmers to spend sleepless nights. The dark hours are haunted by shouts, drumbeats on tins and other noises that farmers churn up to keep at bay or drive away wild boar, porcupines and monkeys. With the village located amid dense forest, farmers said they have to, for the next three months until harvest is due, watch out [... Read More]

Eastern farmers upbeat about potato prices

DSC_5303At the auction yard: Workers sorting potatoes

Both the red and white varieties have fetched better returns at the auction yard than last year Agriculture: If the current price of potato at the Food corporation of Bhutan (FCB) auction yard in Samdrupjongkhar is any indication, farmers of the six eastern dzongkhags could enjoy a fruitful potato season. Since the auction began on June 1, both red and white potatoes have been fetching good prices.  It averaged Nu 20 a kg for red potatoes against Nu 16 per kg in 2013 during the [... Read More]

First-timers on artificial turf

IMG_7822For many it was a different experience playing on the artificial turf

160 girls from six remote schools and two Thimphu schools took part in the tournament Festival: The artificial turf in Changjiji looked like a green pasture for cattle to many girls of remote schools, who are in Thimphu to participate in a girl’s football tournament. Sangay Layzom, 13, of Merak middle secondary school (MSS) in Trashigang, said looking out of the Changjiji school hostel, she thought it would be a good feast to her cattle. “I didn’t realise it was artificial grass even when I [... Read More]

The takin and the white man

takinThe Baby takin thatwas captured in 1974 and being brought down to Thimphu. (Photo: Malcolm Lyell)

The national animal figures in Bhutan history as an object of fascination to various English visitors Wildlife: In 1905, a British political officer photographed a baby takin in Bhutan, in its natural habitat.  In doing so, John Claude White (1853-1918) became the first European to obtain documentary evidence of the ungulate animal.  Until then, the West considered the takin as a mythological animal and believed it was the 8th century Greek mythological animal, the gold-hair winged ram. “It is of great interest, as being the [... Read More]

Sachu bumter for Wangdue dzong laid

907A8094His Majesty the King installs sachu bumter at the site of the Wangduephodrang dzong where the Utse of the dzong will be built

His Majesty the King placed the first vessel for land stability at the site of the utse Rebuilding: His Majesty the King yesterday placed the first sachu bumter (religious vessel for land stability) into the ground of the Wangduephodrang dzong utse (central tower), re-sanctifying the site that once housed the fortress. As tendrel, His Majesty placed the first sachu bumpa at the utse side, where Zhabdrung was believed to have meditated before constructing the Wangdue dzong in 1638. Wangdue rabdey’s lam neten, Namgay Wangchuk, said [... Read More]

Rights of the children through art

10545014_803211746380242_1-copyAbout 60 students from 33 schools are attending the summer art camp

Held to mark 25 years of the UNCRC UN/VAST: Good school structures, better health facilities, helicopters, airplanes, and blacktopped roads are some common elements expressed in the artwork by 60 students from across the country. Based on the theme “imagine our future,” the students had expressed through art, their expectations, changes, feelings, and desires in various aspects.  They’ve also depicted the challenges and opportunities to fulfill their basic right to survive, to learn, grow and reach their full potential. The art competition was held in [... Read More]

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